2005 Focus: Mike Mercer

South Gwinnett (Ga.) junior guard Mike Mercer may not get the respect that his high school teammate, Louis Williams, receives. However, Mercer is still one of the top juniors in the nation and helps to form arguably the nation's top backcourt.

While the focus is always on Louis Williams when people talk about South Gwinnett (Ga.), the Comets have a pretty good "other" junior in the backcourt in Mike Mercer.

The 6-3 ½, 180-pound Mercer may not put up the gaudy scoring numbers that his partner, Williams, continuously throws on the board – but Mercer is quite content playing in the shadow of his teammate and doing his own thing.

One area in which Mercer may not get enough credit is the fact that he makes those around him - particularly Williams - better. Mercer does a nice job getting into the seams and doing the majority of his damage from mid-range and in.

Mercer grew up in Anaheim, Calif., and moved to the south six years ago.

``They have such different styles," Mercer said. "California was run and gun while Georgia has bigger players."

Mercer, one of the few kids to actually admit his favorite player is LeBron James, will now figure out whether he'd rather remain down south for college – or head back to the west coast.

``I'm not really sure," Mercer said. "I may end up playing with Louis in college. We're just trying to see how this whole thing plays out. We both could end up at Georgia."

While Williams readily admits that the Bulldogs are out in front for his services, Mercer says Georgia and UCLA are in a dead heat. Mercer also mentioned Florida as a possibility.

``The coaching and coaching style is really important to me," Mercer added. "That and who can make me the best player that I can be."


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